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lovely lilac. understated elegance for a wedding at monk fryston hall – katherine & oliver

February 21st, 2017 | Laura McDonagh

Understated Elegance at Monk Fryston Hall (c) Bethany Clarke Photography (38)

Today’s glamorous bride describes her agonising decision as to whether to go ‘Cinderella’ or ‘Kim Kardashian’ on the wedding dress front. In the end, her elegant gown was more grown-up princess than KK but every bit a showstopper.

This gorgeous duo really knows how to organise a party: their big day features a ten-piece band, a photo booth and gallons of Champagne. Plus, the photographs of Katherine with her seven gorgeous bridesmaids? Real #SquadGoals material.

With photography by Brides Up North Sponsor Bethany Clarke.

Understated Elegance at Monk Fryston Hall (c) Bethany Clarke Photography (50)

katherine says: I had already picked my ring out at ROX jewellers in Leeds, with Oliver when we got engaged as we’d regularly talked about getting married. I had a very specific style in mind and we both agreed it would be better to pick a ring I loved instead of one I only liked! It was an amazing experience we both enjoyed and will cherish forever. We were greeted with a glass of champagne and chocolate truffles as the glass doors behind us were locked by the security guard. We were the only customers in the store – absolute bliss!

Given that I knew the ring was coming (although I didn’t know when and where!) I told Oliver if he wanted to surprise me he’d have to catch me off guard. He did just that: he asked me to pop downstairs to help him carry something inside the house and as I reached the bottom step he was on one knee – with my ring! Of course, I said yes.

Understated Elegance at Monk Fryston Hall (c) Bethany Clarke Photography (24)

We both wanted to be married fairly quickly and were lucky enough to be financially able to do so. We were engaged August 2015 and were married September 2016. Oliver’s parents were married on the 28th September and my parents were married on the 29th September, so we decided to follow the trend with 30thSeptember. To get married on a Friday was significantly cheaper at most venues than a weekend and that encouraged us to go for a week day.

We visited dozens of venues, but fell in love with Monk Fryston Hall in Yorkshire, immediately. We wanted to find a venue that wasn’t too big (more than one wedding per day at some places), not too small (we both have big families) and that could provide overnight accommodation overnight. We both wanted a church wedding but were willing to organise and pay for the transportation of the guests from the church to the venue. However, this wasn’t necessary as there was a beautiful church, St. Wilfrid’s, just over the road. This sealed the deal for us and we organised a meeting with the wedding co-ordinator.

Understated Elegance at Monk Fryston Hall (c) Bethany Clarke Photography (28)

There was no real theme to the wedding other than the colour scheme, which was lilac – only because I had seven bridesmaids to cater for and found a lilac dress that everyone was happy with at the bargain price of £49 each in the January sales!

Everything was very simple. I wore a white gown with no bling, our cake was white with flowers, we used simple tea lights and hydrangea buds for decoration. It was such a beautiful venue it didn’t need much styling!

Understated Elegance at Monk Fryston Hall (c) Bethany Clarke Photography (55)

Style-wise, I batted between ‘Cinderella’ and ‘Kim Kardashian’ for months! Did I fulfil my lifelong dream of wearing a wearing a poofy ball gown or did I go fashion forward and wear a skin tight fishtail gown? I went to several dress shops until I found Precious Bridal in Garforth – no pushy sales pitch, just a general introduction and then I was let loose in a shop full of gowns. Every bride’s dream! As my mum flicked through a catalogue she pointed out a dress she thought was lovely. I immediately recognised it – I actually had it saved on Pinterest. Donna suddenly revealed that she had it in stock! I had to try it on. Donna names each of her dresses so she can remember them easily, and so out of curiosity I asked what this dress was called. She replied ‘Katherine.’ I hadn’t even seen the dress and I knew it was the one. It was the perfect combination of elegance and a little bit of Cinderella.

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love & laughter. a dusky pink wedding at the walled garden marquee – lisa & chris

August 22nd, 2016 | Rachel Parry

A Wedding at The Walled Garden Marquee (c) Danni Maytree Photography (37)

Today’s real wedding couple are quick to confess that they’re not the most romantic, and so wanted a wedding day that was informal and fun.

Looking at the images we’d say they definitely achieved their goal, with smiles and laughter from the bride, groom and their guests throughout the proceedings.

Though relaxed, Lisa and Chris’s wedding has a lovely air of elegance to it, with the groom looking dapper in his tux and bow tie, and the bride every inch a princess in her beautiful lace detailed gown.

With images by Danni Maytree Photography.

A Wedding at The Walled Garden Marquee (c) Danni Maytree Photography (24)

lisa says: We got engaged in our back garden in June 2015, after enjoying an al fresco dinner. We’re a tongue in cheek couple who love to laugh and are not overly romantic, so it was as simple as that.

We chose to get married on 2nd July as my mum and dad got married on 2nd June and my sister and brother-in-law got married on 2nd December. We all got married at 2pm too.

A Wedding at The Walled Garden Marquee (c) Danni Maytree Photography (6)

Our chosen venue was The Walled Garden Marquee at Temple Newsam, Leeds, which we would highly recommend to others. Both Chris and I have grown up visiting Temple Newsam and the marquee itself is beautiful.

We wanted it to be quite informal and so whilst there was no set theme, it did have quite a rustic feel to it.

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Let’s Go To Town! A Real City Wedding In Leeds – Sophie & James

March 10th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Today I’m taking a much needed day off from wedding blog and events duties and heading into town to run some errands (and perhaps check out these shoes) before meeting a friend for lunch.  Lovely!  The excitement levels are through the roof right now.

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What better way to celebrate my first day off since Christmas with a fabulous wedding in the very city that I’ll be stomping, sent in to me by newlywed Sophie. 

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Have a great Saturday Brides Up North!

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Let’s hear from Sophie:  James proposed during a weekend away for my birthday at Grassington House Hotel, North Yorkshire on 9th July 2011, and we were married on 18th December 2011 at 3 Albion Place, Leeds (now renamed The Leeds Club). 

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We fell in love with the venue at the first visit. We thought it was unusual to have a city centre location for a wedding and loved the idea of having photographs taken in the city centre. We were really attracted to the venue as it was ours for the day, and we could pick and choose whatever we wanted – the staff were really flexible.

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We didn’t really want a colour theme, but our bridesmaids wore electric blue and the groomsmen wore matching blue ties. Everything else was white. We wanted everything to look romantic and so it was all candlelit.

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My dress was by Ellis and from Precious Bridal in Garforth, Leeds, and my bridesmaids wore electric blue halterneck full length dresses from Coast.  We wore gorgeous tiaras, earrings and necklaces by Eos Jewellery. Michelsberg Tailoring in Leeds made James’s bespoke suit.

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I carried a small hand tied bouquet of white roses, hydrangea and green berries with a pearl detail finish by The Flower Room in Eccleshill, Bradford, who also dressed the venue for us as well as doing all the corsages and buttonholes.

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My favourite part of the day was walking into our beautiful wedding breakfast room as the new Mr & Mrs.

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Our cake was made by a colleague at work – we wanted something simple with a but of sparkle and bling. So we went for a three tier plain white cake with our initials in diamante on the top. Two layers were fruit and one layer was chocolate.

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We had a classical guitarist play in our drinks reception and then a disco in the evening and boogied the night away until the early hours!

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We honeymooned in Thailand.  We travelled to Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Phuket over Christmas and New Year.

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My advice for other Brides Up North would be that the most important thing is that you’re getting married to the person that you love; as long as you’re both there nothing else matters. So, don’t get too stressed about detail as no one will notice anyway, and everything will be perfect on the day.

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Congratulations Sophie & James!

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